Esthetics/Skin Care
New York

If you want to make an impression in the glamorous world of skin care, New York is the perfect place to get started.

Since beauty is such an important part of life in New York, professionals here are often among the first in the country have access to new products, tools, and techniques

Esthetician Schools in New York City
State License Requirements

Once your education is finished, you are well on your way to earning an NY esthetics license. The New York Division of Licensing Services verifies your completion of 600 or more training hours. They also require you to earn passing scores on a written exam and a skills exam.

Education Details

Even if you consider yourself a skin care expert, you need to attend an approved New York school to earn your New York esthetician license. Your training should cover skin care theory, state law, and the many techniques and tools used in this industry. Licensed esthetician schools in NY should cover the following topics in their curricula.

Required Topics

  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Skin disorders and diseases
  • Composition of body hair
  • Cosmetic products and chemistry
  • Skin analysis
  • Fitzpatrick scale
  • Skin type and condition
  • Cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, and extraction
  • Facial masks
  • Facial massage
  • Makeup application
  • Use of equipment and implements for skin care
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
4 Years
License Renewal Period

A licensing fee is required every 4 years to keep the license valid in the state of New York.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2016 - 2026

With the right skills and plenty of hard work, you may be able to work in a variety of exciting beauty settings in New York. Spas and hair salons are huge parts of the cosmetology industry. However, New York also has a thriving film and stage industry, so you may be able to work with those who rely on their appearance for their career. If you can build a base of high-profile clients, you may have a significant impact on your job outlook and earning potential. In New York, job openings for skin care specialists are expected to increase 20% by the year 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for a New York skin care specialist is $34,670 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Working as an Esthetician

Estheticians do facials, waxing and other skin treatments. There are a few requirements to become an esthetician in New York.

  • Complete an approved esthetician program
  • Submit an esthetics license application
  • Take the exams required for licensure
  • Begin your career and maintain your license

In the next 8 years there will be an increase of job openings in this field of 12%.

State board Contact Information

New York Dept. of State Division of Licensing Services
Albany Division of Licensing Services
1 Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12231
Phone Number: 518-474-4429
Fax Number: 518-473-6648

The New York State Board of Cosmetology can answer any of the additional questions you might have about obtaining a New York cosmetology license that we didn’t note above.

Find the Beauty Schools in New York that interest you below,

Capri Cosmetology Learning Center

251 West Route 59,
Nanuet, NY 10954

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics

226 West 26th Street,7th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care & Makeup

1501 Broadway,9th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Capri Cosmetology Learning Center

39 North Plank Rd.,
Newburgh, NY 12550

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

New York School of Esthetics & Day Spa, Inc.

239 Central Avenue, 3rd floor,
White Plains, NY 10606

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

American Beauty School, Inc.

1380 Metropolitan Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10462

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Brooklyn

2384 86th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Buffalo

Walden Place,2190 Walden Avenue
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Program: Cosmetology

Continental School of Beauty - Syracuse

2803 Brewerton Rd,
Mattydale, NY 13211

Program: Cosmetology

Westchester School of Beauty Culture

6 Gramatan Avenue,
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - New York City-Manhattan

22 West 34th Street,
New York City-Manhattan, NY 10001

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Peekskill-Westchester County

19 Bank Street,
Peekskill-Westchester County, NY 10566

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Queens

38-15 Broadway,
Queens, NY 11103

Program: Cosmetology

Continental School of Beauty - Rochester

633 Jefferson Rd,
Rochester, NY 14623

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Rochester

Elmridge Center, 340 Elmridge Center Drive,
Rochester, NY 14626

Program: Cosmetology

Continental School of Beauty-West Seneca

1050 Union Rd,
West Seneca, NY 14224

Program: Cosmetology

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